Saturday, December 08, 2012
Visiting Anderson University grabbed a three-point lead at the intermission, and held off a late Mount charge on Saturday, knocking off the Lions in the Harrington Center, 62-59. The Mount, 2-5 overall, 2-1 in the HCAC, will resume action on Dec. 15 when they play a conference road game at Manchester Univeristy.
Neither team shot particularly well in the opening 20 minutes of action, with the Mount connecting on 38 percent from the field, and making seven-of-13 free throws to their opponent's 33 percent field goal shooting and five-of-10 accuracy from the charity stripe. Anderson connected on a three-point shot with 11:46 showing on the second half clock, giving them their biggest lead at 45-33. The Lions, however, whittled down that double-digit advantage down the stretch, using a varied inside and outside attack, and cut the deficit to 58-57 after a three-point field goal by Madie Long (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson), with 1:27 on the clock. The Ravens would, however, hit a two-point shot with one minute left, to forge ahead 60-57. Alex Donald (Litchfield, ME/Oak Hill) scored on a lay-up with 49 seconds to play, cutting the Anderson lead to 60-59, but the Lions would get no closer, as the Ravens would make two-of-four free throws down the stretch, and the Mount would miss a game-tying three-point shot with one second remaining.
Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) led the Mount with 15 points and also pulled down seven rebounds. Long tossed in 14 points and grabbed a team-high eight boards. Melanie Monahan (Mason, OH/Bishop Fenwick) added six assists. Anderson won the battle of the boards, 48-39 and both teams committed 15 turnovers in the game. Anderson shot 38 percent from the field and 47 percent from the free throw line, while the Mount connected on 39 percent from the field and 42 percent from the free throw line.